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Curriculum vitae

English Hans Castelijns' Curriculum Vitae

Education - training:

Born in the Netherlands in 1958 and raised in Madrid, Spain he returns to Holland for his science degree in high school (Noordwÿkerhout - Z - Holland 1975) followed by a year as freshman at Lawrence University - Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S.A. (75' - 76'). In 1982 he establishes himself in Tuscany, Italy. In 1985 he starts his farrier training at the Equine clinic of Bosh en Duin, Utrecht, the Netherlands, obtaining a farriery diploma released by the region of Tuscany - Italy in 1989. Facilitated by the knowledge of six languages (Dutch, Spanish, English, Italian, French and German) and convinced of the need of ““continuous education” he follows farrier conferences and masters in various countries (Italy, France, U.K., and U.S.A.). In 1993 he enrols in veterinary school at Perugia - Italy, graduating in 1998 “cum laude” presenting a thesis on “Modern Farrier Techniques in the Prevention and Therapy of lameness in Horses”.


Hans Castelijns works as a professional farrier since 1987 and as a veterinarian, specialized in equine podiatry, since 1999, working on a wide variety of horses, which include thorough- and standard breds, mares, foals and yearlings in stud farms, race, endurance and show Arabs, show jumpers, international dressage and reining horses.

Beside his equine podiatry practice, which includes referral and consulting, he teaches specialisation courses in his field, both to farriers and veterinarians; courses which have been attributed with continuing education credits for veterinarians, among others, in Germany and Austria.

Hans is a frequent speaker at international conferences and seminars, having been invited in this capacity to 22 countries.

He has developed a valuable aid, in both lameness examination and hoof balance assessment, in the form of a digital extension device, which measures the horse’s tolerance to dorsal, palmar/plantar, lateral and medial elevation of the digit in the standing horse. The use of this device permits a more rational approach to remedial farriery prescriptions.

Publications :

His numerous publications and speaking engagements at Veterinary and Farriery conferences and seminars can be accessed at Published articles and conference papers.

Click on the supplied link above, or (HERE) to view a list of articles in English.


Horse owner and breeder he is a professionally qualified “Equine tourism operator” licensed by the Tuscany Region in 1991 and has a 1° degree FISE - riding license.In 1991 he places 3° in the Italian National Cross Country championship and 10° in the finals of the 160km Italian Endurance Championship.

Honours :

Hans Castelijns is past president of the Italian Association of Equine Podiatry (SIPE), is a member of the International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame (inducted in 2010) and in 2010 also received a price for his teaching contributions from the Spanish Foundation for the Promotion of Equine Sports from the hands of Her Royal Highness Doña Elena, Infanta of Spain.


Hans Castelijns D.V.M. - Certified Farrier

Loc. Valecchie n°11/A, 52040 Cortona (Ar)- Italy

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